* Gov. Pritzker yesterday when asked why Illinois was the only state in the Midwest that wasn’t playing high school football…
Look at the states that you’re talking about. They all have high positivity rates, double-digit positivity rates in most. And those are states, fine, if they decided to endanger children and families in those states by allowing contact sports to take place, that’s their decision. That’s not something that’s good for the families, the children of Illinois.
He didn’t mention it, but Michigan was the only other holdout. But it has since reversed course and is kicking off its high school games this week.
* Also Gov. Pritzker yesterday…
But the idea, as you know, of focusing on sports - not my idea it’s doctors and researchers - have found that these sports, particularly high school sports and college sports, without the proper mitigations, without the proper prevention, etc. that those sports are dangerous. And evidence of that has popped up more recently in our state, down in Wayne County. I think you may know that the baseball team at the community college at Frontier, unfortunately there was an outbreak. It spread significantly, most of the team now has tested positive. There are many many dozens of people who are now quarantined as a result of their having tested positive, there having been an outbreak.
But Clark Griffith, administrator of the Wayne County Health Department, said the source of the transmission didn’t appear to be team activities but the dormitory in which the players lived. […]
That is similar to another outbreak that upset the IHSA’s return-to-play plans. In July, days after high school teams were allowed to start summer practice, Deputy Governor for Education Jesse Ruiz told the organization that physical contact between athletes was banned after a cluster of COVID-19 cases among sports camp participants at Lake Zurich High School.
Yet further investigation showed that “for the most part, that outbreak was linked to social gatherings prior to the camps,” said Hannah Goering, spokeswoman for the Lake County Health Department. […]
Sheldon Jacobson, a University of Illinois computer science professor who specializes in risk assessment, has looked at the COVID-19 health risk for athletes participating in various college sports and concluded it is negligible, even for football.
He said as long as players get tested, wear masks and stay inside their “bubble” — avoiding contact with people outside of their teams — they should stave off infection.
That’s all well and good, but the article is supposed to be about high schools. The title is: “With Big Ten set to resume football this fall, why won’t Illinois high schools follow suit?”
Are high schools going to require frequent testing? And how are high school players going to stay inside a “bubble”? They’re not in dorms like college players, after all. Obviously, there was no “bubble” in Lake Zurich.
* Dr. Rishi Desai, a pediatric infectious disease specialist…
“To be honest, a lot of this is still very much theoretical,” he said. “The problem is that getting enough data takes time, and not enough time has passed.”
…Adding… This deserves a mention as well. It’s not just about the players, it’s about what can happen if they spread the virus…
* Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended.